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AKC Presents AKC Rally Novice Virtual Program for Competitors

During this time of necessary social distancing, AKC wants to give our beginner AKC Rally® exhibitors some motivation to continue training their dogs and to stay engaged with the sport of Rally. The AKC Rally Novice Virtual pilot program is designed to provide these exhibitors an opportunity to stay-at-home and enter an AKC Rally® event.

The pilot program is designed to have a Rally Novice competitor set up a pre-designed AKC Rally® course in the safety of their own yard, record the performance and submit it. In turn, AKC will assign a pre-selected AKC Rally Judge to virtually review and score the team’s Rally performance.

AKC will have five pre-designed official rally courses published on for the exhibitor to choose from. The exhibitor will follow the setup instructions provided, video the performance, upload the video to YouTube, set the required YouTube viewing options, and submit the video link with the entry form and fee.

Once the required information is received, and the dog’s records are verified for class eligibility, the video link will be assigned to a judge for review. The judge will score the team’s performance and will provide a report to AKC.  All qualifying scores will be recorded on the dog’s AKC record and applied toward the Rally Novice title requirements. We will notify exhibitors of the results of their submission.

This pilot program will end at midnight December 31, 2020. We are excited to offer this virtual option to our Rally Novice exhibitors!

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